A deadly building collapse in Conroe was caused by severe storms that erupted Tuesday afternoon, snapping power lines and tree limbs in the process.
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After three o’clock in the afternoon, strong winds caused a house under construction in Ladera Creek to collapse. According to Conroe Assistant Fire Chief Mike Legoudes, the building collapse on Pampaneria Drive resulted in the deaths of two workers and injuries to a number of others. Seven hurt people were transported to a nearby hospital. Nothing more has been said about their conditions.
At around 4 p.m., Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough reported storm damage—possibly caused by a tornado—in the Calvary Road area. Locals are advised to stay away from the area and to treat any downed power lines as electrified. Emergency personnel are evaluating the harm.
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Due to damage in the Forest Hills subdivisions, Huntsville ISD transportation posted on Facebook just before 4 p.m. The district’s transportation department was to hold students who resided there until their parents or guardians could pick them up.
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“Due to this afternoon’s storm, there is too much damage in the Forest Hills subdivision for us to safely deliver students home on Bus 25 or Bus 43 routes. Those students will be held at the (Huntsville ISD) Transportation Department where parents/guardians can come to pick them up. Please drive safe. Thank you,” the post read. “Bus 25 & 43 will avoid the Forest Hills area this afternoon. All students who live in the Forest Hills area will have to be picked up from transportation this afternoon.”
Lone Star College Conroe Center issued a warning for people to seek shelter inside the buildings in the midst of the storm due to a tornado warning that had been issued earlier in the day. Trees and power poles that were snapped down by the storm’s high winds are visible in additional photos that were sent to Eyewitness News.